Aggressively defending the rights of the accused

More than 32 years of legal experience

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Virginia Criminal Defense Attorney

Aggressively defending the rights of the accused since 1979

Being charged with a crime punctuates your future with one huge question mark. Your freedom, your career, your good name and even your life are at risk. You need a skilled Virginia criminal law attorney defending you. That attorney is David Whaley of David Whaley LLC in Richmond, Virginia.

As a criminal defense attorney with 32 years of experience, I understand everything you have at stake. So when I take a case, I fight to win. I defend individuals in state and federal court against a range of criminal charges, including white collar crimes and drug offenses. During my career I have tried more than 350 cases before juries. I have been selected by Super Lawyers as one of the premier criminal defense attorneys in Virginia and I have been awarded the AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review RatingSM by Martindale-Hubbell® — an honor reserved for lawyers whose peers believe them to have the highest level of professional knowledge, skill and integrity.

I also represent plaintiffs in personal injury cases, where I bring the same level of skill and tenacity to a civil lawsuit as I do to a criminal case.

The best defense is a strong offense

In a criminal case, the prosecution must prove a defendant's guilt beyond a shadow of a doubt. I do not sit idly by while the prosecutor makes his or her case. Instead, I am proactive and aggressive in the way I build your defense. I am familiar with the judges, prosecuting attorneys and typical juries throughout the area and know what works for some and not for others. I use that knowledge to create a defense that sheds light on the weaknesses in the prosecution's case.

My clients can expect:

A strategic defense — Building a successful defense is not just about innocence or guilt. It is about strategy. I never approach a case without a plan. From the moment you begin telling me about your legal issue, I listen carefully and analyze it — and each scrap of evidence — from every angle to determine the best way to undermine the prosecution's case against you.

Thorough preparation — I am invested in the outcome of every case I take. I put in the hours and the effort to ensure there are no surprises from the prosecution. On the rare occasions when the unexpected occurs or a situation changes rapidly, I am able to adjust just as quickly and continue protecting your rights and best interests.

Personal service — I pride myself on being available for my clients whenever they need me. So if you call my office at any time of day, any day of the year — including weekends and holidays — you reach me. I keep you updated on the status of your case so you and your loved ones are not left wondering and worrying unnecessarily. If you want to meet with me in person to discuss your case, appointments are not required. I take all clients on a first-come, first-served basis.

Serving clients in Richmond and beyond

From my office conveniently located near the intersection of North 1st Street and East Franklin Street in downtown Richmond, I represent clients in federal and state courts throughout Virginia and have represented clients in federal court throughout the United States.

I offer a free initial consultation. Saturday and Sunday appointments are available upon request.

Let David Whaley LLC fight for you

Every individual has the right to a strong defense. At the Richmond, VA criminal defense law firm of David Whaley LLC, every client is treated with the same level of respect and attention, regardless of the size of your case. Contact me online or call my office at 804-643-0147 to discuss your criminal defense or plaintiff's personal injury case today.